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2014-08-21

Education jobs drop for summer break

Special to The Courier

Unemployment rate at 6.7%

Workforce Solutions Alamo released a strong job report in July indicating that the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA total non-agricultural employment expanded by 4,000 jobs (0.4 percent) over-the-month while annual growth remained strong with 22,500 more jobs (2.5 percent) since June 2013. The unemployment rate, which is calculated by household surveys, increased from 4.7 percent to 5.1 percent.
"The diversity of the Alamo economy allows us to offset job losses in one industry with growth in another," said Workforce Solutions Alamo Communications Manager, Eva Esquivel. "Continued job growth continues to attract people to our region."
The industry adding the most jobs at this time of year was Leisure and Hospitality with 3,400 more jobs (2.7 percent) since last month, and 6,800 more jobs (5.6 percent) since the same time last year.
Professional and Business Services added 2,200 jobs (1.9 percent), and reported a strong annual addition of 5,200 jobs (4.7 percent). Other sectors contributing the job expansion include Construction with 600 jobs (1.4 percent), Financial Activities with 400 jobs (0.5 percent), and Manufacturing with 300 jobs (0.7 percent).
Over-the-year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities follows Leisure and Hospitality with 6,100 more jobs (4.0 percent) and Education and Health Services with 5,200 more jobs (4.7 percent.
Job losses since May occurred in the Government sector reporting -1,400 jobs (-0.9 percent) with the majority of the losses happening in the Local Government sub-sector as public schools release staff for the summer break. The sub-sector Ambulatory Health Care Services comprised of jobs in doctor's offices, outpatient care centers, medical laboratories, and home health care centers, reported -1,400 jobs (-2.3 percent).
In Bandera County, the unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in June, up from 4.3 percent reported in May.
Bandera County's unemployment rate registered lower than the overall jobless rate of 5.0 percent for the 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties. Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate in June amongst the counties at 3.3 percent while Atascosa County registered the highest rate at 5.3 percent.
Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 5.5 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May. The nation's unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 6.3 percent in June, up from 6.1 percent reported in May. Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas holding steady at 5.1 percent in June, and the nation's unemployment rate decreasing to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent reported for May.